Local football round-up: Wroxham defy Storm Katie to earn surprise win at Brightlingsea

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Wroxham gave their survival hopes a huge boost with an unexpected 1-0 win on a day when the weather saw plenty of non-league action postponed.

Storm Katie did not prevent the Yachtsmen's game going ahead at Brightlingsea but did help Damian Hilton's side to come home with all three points.

Essex still felt the effects of strong winds, making fluent football difficult, but Wroxham grabbed the lead in the 71st minute when a cross from substitute Tom Cullumbine was caught by the wind and saw Regent keeper Daniel Beeson parry the ball into his own net.

Visiting keeper Elliot Pride was the busier of the two keepers but held out to earn a first clean sheet away from home since October.

It brought an end to a four-match unbeaten run for the seventh-placed hosts and saw the Yachtsmen quickly bounce back from a disappointing 2-0 home defeat to Maldon & Tiptree.


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The victory lifts Wroxham to 19th in the Ryman North table and four points clear of the relegation zone with five games still to play.

It was a largely frustrating day elsewhere, with Dereham Town's game at Soham Town Rangers being postponed.

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Higher up the non-league pyramid, Lowestoft Town saw their home clash with promotion hopefuls North Ferriby United postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

The Trawlerboys remain in 20th and inside the National League North relegation zone, with all their nearest rivals also seeing their games called off, apart from bottom-of-the-table Corby who lost 4-1 at leaders Solihull Moors.

It leaves Lowestoft two points adrift of Brackley but with two games in hand.

King's Lynn Town's home clash with St Neots was also postponed due to a waterlogged pitch in the Southern Premier Division and has been provisionally rearranged for tomorrow night (7.45pm kick-off).

Just three games survived in the Thurlow Nunn Premier Division, with Kirkley & Pakefield's 11am hosting of Gorleston going ahead.

The Royals won their sixth game in a row thanks to a solitary goal, in the 65th minute, when full-back Ben George finished off some lively play from Jordan Haverson.

The three points kept the hosts level on 57 points with fifth-placed Mildenhall, having played four games less. Mildenhall inflicted a seventh straight defeat on Swaffham Town. Joe Jackson halved the deficit but the Pedlars couldn't find an equaliser and remain just a point above the relegation zone.

Five games were played in the First Division, with second-placed Great Yarmouth Town moving closer to promotion with a 3-0 home win over Diss, thanks to goals from Charlie McAra, Ady Ager and Payton Swatman, to stretch their winning streak to nine games.

Downham Town remain 17th after a 1-0 home loss to Stowmarket.

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